Post # 1
My wedding is fast approaching and I’m looking into name-change services to use once we’ve tied the knot. There seem to be so many different services or kits out there and I’m unsure about which one is actually the best for brides. I’m already getting stressed out from researching what to do and I could use references from “bee-tried-and-approved” name change services!
Please vote on the poll above or include your thoughts below!!
Post # 2
Also feel free to share your experience with the service you used! 😁
Post # 3
I did it myself, and it was fine.
Post # 4
The kits are silly. Changing it yourself is very easy
Edit- go to the Social Security Office, fill out the form (took 30 min)
then DMV (15 minutes)
Bank (8 minutes)
The rest was quick, passport, work, school, mailing lists…
Post # 5
It’s extremely easy to do yourself as soon as you have your marriage license. Don’t worry about the kits 🙂
Post # 6
craigslistgirl: lovelyruby: theatrejulia: thanks for your feedback ladies! I’m intreagued! Why did you find them useless or silly? Were they not effective? Did you try one and you still ended up doing a lot of the work on your own? I’m interested to know why you opted not to use one ☺️😃
I think im interested in the time saved from having all of the things that need to be changed aggregated into one place. I know things like the SSA and DMV have to be done in person but given there are so many things I’d likely need to change and that my life as it stands is so busy, any extra help by-way of a time saving/efficient tool is a blessing!!
Post # 7
The only thing the kits do for you is provide the paperwork that would otherwise be found at the SS office, DMV, etc. You still have to go to all of those places anyway. It’s silly to pay for paperwork that you can print yourself online or get while you’re there.
Post # 8
+1 to doing it yourself–I really can’t imagine how much time it would save to use a service. You can download the SSA’s form, passport form and probably your DMV’s form from their websites. Most of my banks let me change my name online by uploading or mailing a copy of my marriage certificate. The best time-saving advice I can offer is to google each place. On the right side of the page is a graph that tells you how busy the place is at certain times of the day. I went to the SSA at noon on a Tuesday and was in and out in 15 minutes! I then went to the DMV on the one day they are open after 5 and could not believe how empty it was. Love that tool!
Post # 9
redredwine: It’s really a waste of money. Go to the social security office and then go to the dmv. Go to the banks to change your name. A lot you can do online (credit cards). It’s totally doable without a service – the services really just give you the forms to fill out.
Post # 10
Yeah I don’t understand why anyone would pay money for something they can do on their own. It’s not hard. You go get a certified copy of your marriage license from the court and then go to Social Security (you can print and fill out the form ahead of time), then DMV, and then the bank.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom
I agree with all the PPs. All you need is the certified copy of your marriage license! And to go to the Social Security office first. I had to wait 24 hours to go to the DMV to get a new license, but I was able to do my banks on the same day as my license. My work new I was getting married, so they started the ball rolling before I left for my honeymoon. I still haven’t done my passport, but that’s because I would need to pay $110 for a new one and we aren’t planning on going out of the country any time soon.
Post # 12
There’s a service for this? Do they go and stand in line for you?? And then call you when you’re about up? Does anyone actually even let someone not themselves change names? I doubt it. So you’re basically paying someone to collect paper work to fill out and go do yourself anyways it soundeded like to me. .. which could have been done in like the time it took to make this post.
Post # 13
You still have to wait in the line at social security which is the cr*ppy part so I’ve never understood the point of these services.
Post # 14
redredwine: There’s a name change kit?? I MAILED my SS info in with the form that came with my marriage certificate. Didn’t even need to go in. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Post # 15
redredwine: I agree with other PP’s, those kits are useless and a waste of money. Just go to these places with a certified copy of your license and take care of things yourself, it takes a minimal amount of time to do. My nearest SS office was 30 minutes away so honestly the drive there was the only time consuming thing I had to do, but I would have had to do it regardless since they needed the license and for me to go there in person. I don’t recall filling out any paperwork at all even, they just asked questions and filled things out on the computer and had me sign a form at the end. Easy peasy. Bank took about 5 minutes, DMV took 5 minutes, it was all really quick and easy. I changed my name on credit cards and my nursing license online.